Culture24's art must-sees for July

By Mark Sheerin | 07 July 2010
An all female band on a brightly coloured stage

(Above) Chicks on Speed in performance. Image courtesy Dundee Contemporary Arts

There’s a mix of modern and contemporary on offer around the UK this July. Eric Ravilious and Howard Hodgkin return to their roots; Chicks on Speed go out on a limb.

Chicks on Speed – Don’t Art, Fashion, Music, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Defying genre stereotypes as much as gender stereotypes, Chicks on Speed combine art with music, fashion and craft. Resulting creations include the world’s first high-heeled shoe/electric guitar and Bauhaus inspired loom weaving. Looks riotous.

Arabicity: Such a Near East, the Bluecoat, Liverpool

It can be surprising to find that zones of conflict are also fields of artistic practice. But this group show features war art from Palestine and Lebanon alongside less-troubled considerations of Arabic identity and the cultural heritage of the Middle East.

Diane Arbus – Artist Rooms, Nottingham Contemporary

This summer Nottingham is not far removed from the streets of New York in the 50s and 60s, because Diane Arbus got close to her subjects. Coney Island circus folk, Manhattan cross-dressers and suburban families all feature in some 70 black and white photos.

Howard Hodgkin – Time and Place, Modern Art Oxford

The name of this show, Time and Place, points in two directions: the very specific and the completely universal. Hodgkin’s paintings do pretty much the same, turning given instants into permanent abstractions. Pushing 80 he is still going strong.

Nothing is Forever, South London Gallery

The murals in this show are as ephemeral as they are monumental. Commemorating a much needed extension at the SLG, all 20 paintings will be whitewashed at the end of this show to form an embedded memory in the fabric of the building. It’s a pity!

Familiar Visions: Eric and James Ravilious: Father and Son, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Here you have the chance to compare the watercolours, woodcuts and lithographs of Eric Ravilious with the landscape that inspired them. The former are on the walls and the latter visible from gallery windows. Also showing are photographs by Ravilious junior.

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